Nursing Homes and Personal Care Facilities
Resources for Safety and Health Program Elements
Implementation of workplace safety and health programs is an essential factor in reducing the extent and severity of work-related injuries and illnesses. OSHA's experience in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) has also indicated that effectively managing safety and health protection programs can reduce workers' compensation costs and improve employee morale and productivity. The following references were selected to assist in developing a safety and health program for nursing homes and personal care facilities.
- Work Smart - Be Safe, An Orientation to Long Term Care Safety Handbook. (2007). This handbook was developed by the State of Illinois' Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program in collaboration with OSHA. It provides a generic overview of hazards encountered by nursing home workers, including exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other infectious agents, unsafe walking surfaces, hazardous chemicals, and the risk of workplace violence. It also describes measures that can be taken to protect long-term care workers.
- Ergonomics: Success Stories. OSHA. OSHA has collected these accounts from health services including nursing home employers that have implemented ergonomics programs or used best practices with successful results.
- "OSHA Releases Nursing Home Guidelines." Job Safety & Health Quarterly (JSHQ) 14.3(Spring 2003). OSHA released its ergonomics guidelines for nursing homes, and is making steady progress in implementing its ergonomics strategy.
- "Caring for Caregivers at Braxton." Job Safety & Health Quarterly (JSHQ) 14.3(Spring 2003).
- Caring for Caregivers. Job Safety & Health Quarterly (JSHQ), (2002). Outlines ways to teach workers how to protect themselves on the job.
General Safety and Health Program Resources
- NEW Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. OSHA Publication 3885, (October 2016). OSHA recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new Recommended Practices are designed to be used in a wide variety of small and medium-sized business settings and present a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program, built around seven core elements that make up a successful program.
- Job Hazard Analysis (PDF). OSHA Publication 3071, (Revised 2002). Explains what a job hazard analysis is and offers guidelines to help employers conduct their own step-by-step analysis.
- $afety Pays Program. OSHA. Assists employers in estimating the costs of occupational injuries and illnesses and the impact on a company's profitability.
- Safety and Health Management Program Guidelines; Issuance of Voluntary Guidelines. OSHA Federal Register Notice 54:3904-3916, (January 26, 1989). Provides safety and health program management guidelines for use by employers to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.
- Elements of an Effective Safety and Health Program. OSHA Slide Presentation. Summarizes safety and health program guidelines.
- Safety and Health Add Value (PDF). OSHA Publication 3180, (2003). Describes how safety and health add value to your business, your workplace, and your life.
- Business Case for Safety and Health. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page. Provides information on how an effective safety and health program can improve an organization's productivity and profitability.